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Jude's energy to see them past Parnell's


Na Fianna's Eoghan Rutledge in action with St Jude's.

Na Fianna's Eoghan Rutledge in action with St Jude's.

Na Fianna's Eoghan Rutledge in action with St Jude's.

PUNDITS predict a tight one here. Both have had handsome wins on the journey.



(Tonight, Parnell Park, 6.45)


The Templeogue team are well used to nights like this. They have played in several semi-finals, and they made the big day in 2009.

Boden beat them in that final. Jude's had ten different scorers. Boden had four.

On the way to the final, Jude's had a memorable one-point victory over St Brigid's in the fourth round before beating another of the giants, Plunkett's/ER, in the quarter-final.

They are a well-organised, compact unit. Ciarán McGovern knows his way around the dressing-room.

Paul Bealin wears the Parnell's bib. Next season he will be topping the bill in Joe Dolan country.

Like Ciarán, the boy could play. He has settled quickly into management, holding gigs at Wexford and Carlow.

Parnell's have defeated O'Toole's and Templeogue Synge Street. Conor Mortimer was humming against Synger. He hit 1-9. He was also prominent against the Larriers.

Jonathan Bealin and Rory Quinlivan are imposing midfielders, while Colm Begley and John Dignam are also capable of setting off the alarm clock.

Darren Rooney and Liam Browne keep a close eye on the back door. In the Templeogue tie, centre half-back, Aaron Hurley, was spraying the ball around and made some forceful runs from his own defence.


Jude's opening victory came against St Anne's in O'Toole Park. On that evening, Kevin McManamon was the song and dance man. He has darting pace. He doesn't often miss the double top.

The last day, Jude's were blooming at the Iveagh Gardens. There's not many teams that have beaten UCD by 13 points in the championship.

Declan Donnelly and Ronan Joyce, who really caught the eye, were the chief cashiers. Gareth Roche and Chris Guckian are accomplished footballers. Last term, the Tymon Tigers lost to Ballymun Kickhams in the semi-final. Parnell's also fell to Kickhams – in the fourth round. Stephen Cluxton's presence should put a few bob on the gate ... . ... and a couple of points on the board.

However, we think the energy of the Jude's attack may separate the sides.

VERDICT: St Jude's